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Lawyer for Moravian ministers on sex charges says allegations vile, malicious

Published:Monday | January 23, 2017 | 1:10 PM
Gardner (left) and Gibson have been charged carnal abuse and indecent assault.

Lambert Johnson, the attorney for the Moravian ministers who were today charged with sex offences, has described the arrest and charge of his clients as vile, malicious and tenuous.

According to Johnson, the allegations are riddled with inconsistencies and are bereft of credibility, cogency and corroboration.

Dr Paul Gardner, the resigned president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and his former deputy Jermaine Gibson were jailed today on charges of carnal abuse and indecent assault.

READ: Two more Moravian clergymen charged with carnal abuse

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse says the incidents date as far back as 2002 and involve the same complainant in relation to both men.

But Johnson asserts that the case is doomed to fail.

The attorney also says Gardner and Gibson maintain their innocence.

In the meantime, Johnson says the Moravian ministers have given instructions to file a suit for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.